What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. This is combined with liposuction of the upper abdomen, flanks and pubis to give a uniform result. The procedure also includes correction of rectus diastasis, which is the separation of the abdominal muscles after pregnancy or weight loss.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

The best candidates for this surgery are at a stable and healthy weight. You have to be sure to have finished having kids and be able to take the time to recover.

What are the techniques used in a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck includes the excision of excess tissue under the belly button, plication of the abdominal muscles, transposition of the umbilicus and liposuction of the flanks, upper abdomen and pubic area. The incision stays low and goes from hip to hip with a small incision around the umbilicus.

How do I know if I have a rectus diastasis?

You can examine the space between your abdominal muscles by lying down and raising your head.  You can feel the space between your abdominal muscles. Often after pregnancy, this space measures 1-5cm.

What happens to my caesarean section scar in an abodminoplasty?

The scar from the tummy tuck will likely be below the caesarean section scar, so it will be removed during surgery.

What should I expect after a tummy tuck operation?

You will be in a flexed position (at the hips) for 5-7 days while the skin is stretching. The pain can be well controlled during the first days by taking your pain medication regularly. You will have a drain to empty during the first days. The average recovery takes 3 weeks (2-4 weeks).

What are the risks of a tummy tuck?

The risks of the procedure are rare, but important and include the risks of general anesthesia, thrombophlebitis (blot clot in the leg), bleeding and infection. All possible complications and how to prevent them, will be discussed with you during your consultation.